If you know anything about marathoners, or runners in general, you know that they are a special breed. It takes an immensely brave person to put their body through 26.2 miles. Some might call it crazy. The months of training, the dehydration, the IT Band pain, the cramps, the shin splints, the stress fractures… Being able to run distance, day after day, takes an incredible amount of mental strength. Race day sees all of these superhumans come together in a spirit of healthy competition and camaraderie. They lift each other up, they help each other across the finish line, they cheer each other on. They bring hordes with them to do the same. For the duration of a race, the marathon is the happiest place on earth.

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